Supreme Court To Decide Whether Employers Can 'Moot' Collective Action

Author:Mr David Barron
Profession:Cozen O'Connor

The Supreme Court has agreed to review a decision out of the Third Circuit, Genesis Health Care Corp. v. Symczyk, 656 F.3d 189 (3rd Cir. 2011), where the court held that an employee may proceed with a collective action under the FLSA despite rejecting a Rule 68 Offer of Judgment which would have made the plaintiff whole. The employer argued that the offer resolved the case and, without a controversy, the case is moot and should be dismissed. The court, however, decided that to allow such a tactic would effectively prevent collective actions from getting off the ground as the employer would just "pick off" each plaintiff before a motion to certify...

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